Sri Lanka cloves exports seen hitting new high

Aug 27, 2008 (LBO) – Exports of cloves from Sri Lanka are seen hitting a record 5,000 tonnes this year with earnings exceeding three billion rupees, a trade body said.

Chatoor said a close watch was being kept on cloves exports by the authorities to prevent cloves from other countries being sent to India under the free trade deal and claiming the zero tariff benefit.

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Sri Lanka has already exported 4,838 tonnes of cloves during January-June 2008 and earned 2.7 billion rupees, Gulam Chatoor, a spokesman for the Spices and Allied Products™ Producers™ and Traders™ Association which represents growers and exporters of spices said in a statement.

Export prices of cloves have remained fairly high with the bulk going to India duty free under the Indo-Lanka free trade agreement (FTA).

“Of the total exports from Sri Lanka, over 90 percent is exported to India and this trend will continue as long as the advantageous tariff continues to be made available,” said Chatoor.

Chatoor himself is a top exporter of cloves and other spices.